Amos 5:21-24

21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

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Amos 5:21 in Other Translations

KJV
21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
ESV
21 "I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
NLT
21 “I hate all your show and pretense— the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies.
MSG
21 "I can't stand your religious meetings. I'm fed up with your conferences and conventions.
CSB
21 I hate, I despise your feasts! I can't stand the stench of your solemn assemblies.

Amos 5:21-24 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO AMOS 5

In this chapter the prophet exhorts Israel to hear his lamentation over them for their impending ruin, Am 5:1-3; nevertheless to seek the Lord, and all that is good; to forsake their idols, and repent of their sins, in hopes of finding mercy, and living comfortably; or otherwise they must expect the wrath of God for their iniquities, especially their oppression of the poor, Am 5:4-15; otherwise it would be a time of weeping and wailing, of darkness and distress, however they might harden or flatter themselves, or make a jest of it, Am 5:16-20; for all their sacrifices and ceremonial worship would signify nothing, so long as they continued their idolatry with them Am 5:21-26; and therefore should surely go into captivity, Am 5:27.

Amos 5:21-24 In-Context

19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him.
20 Will not the day of the LORD be darkness, not light— pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?
21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
25 “Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
26 You have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god — which you made for yourselves.

Cross References 12

  • 1. Jeremiah 44:4
  • 2. S Leviticus 26:31; S Hosea 2:11
  • 3. S Ezekiel 23:18; Isaiah 1:11-16
  • 4. Leviticus 26:31
  • 5. S Jeremiah 7:21
  • 6. S Psalms 40:6
  • 7. Jeremiah 14:12; S Amos 4:4; Micah 6:6-7
  • 8. Isaiah 1:11-16; S Isaiah 66:3
  • 9. Amos 6:5
  • 10. S Jeremiah 22:3
  • 11. S Isaiah 45:8
  • 12. Micah 6:8
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